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Our litmus test for worship

By Dave Henning / April 8, 2019

“What if  . . . our litmus test for worship was a heart that breaks for the things that break the heart of God?  What if we saw compassion as a form of worship?  Worship without words.  Worship beyond words?”- Mark Batterson “It’s more noble to give yourself completely to one individual than to labor […]


Faith, compassion – abstract or concrete?

By Dave Henning / April 7, 2019

“I think it’s easy to talk about things like faith and obedience and compassion in abstract terms.  The more abstract, the less convicting the truth is.  So let me get concrete.  Faith equals God-ordained risks in the face of fear.  Obedience equals God -honoring decisions in the face of temptation.  And compassion equals Spirit-prompted generosity […]


Compassion – always the right reaction

By Dave Henning / April 5, 2019

” . . . just as you are responsible for your actions, no matter how right or wrong they are, you are also responsible for your reactions.  And compassion is always the right reaction.”- Mark Batterson As Mark Batterson continues Chapter 2 of Primal, he talks about the concept of sympathy breakthroughs.  Jonathan Glover, who […]


It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way

By Dave Henning / April 1, 2019

It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way (Thomas Nelson, 2018) Lysa TerKeurst, president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, recently penned It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered.  As Ms. TerKeurst begins, she calcualtes the formula for what we see as a normal life: hard time + healing time […]


Quick to judge the reliability of God

By Dave Henning / March 31, 2019

“We are so quick to judge the quality of our lives and the reliability of God based on individual events rather than the eventual good God is  working on putting together.  We must know that just like the master baker has reasons to allow the flour and eggs in right measure into his recipe, Jesus […]


Clothed with garments of understanding

By Dave Henning / March 11, 2019

“Who do you want standing near you in those moments dripping with disappointment and saturated with sorrow? . . .  It’s those clothed with garments of understanding.  They have personally experienced that his life between two gardens can sometimes make it excruciatingly painful to be human.”- Lysa TerKeurst “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and […]


Every single one of us – a masterpiece

By Dave Henning / October 3, 2018

“Every single one of us is a masterpiece.  And at the same time, you might say we all have parts in process.  So we can expect difficulties to arise in even the healthiest of relationships.”- Alison Cook and Kimberly Miller As Alison Cook and Kimberly Miller continue Chapter 14 of Boundaries for Your Soul, they […]


Holistically focus with compassion

By Dave Henning / September 3, 2018

“When you focus with compassion on a troubling part of yourself, you are caring for that part holistically — addressing its unhelpful thoughts and the painful emotions it carries.  This process involves prayerfully inviting the Holy Spirit to draw close to this specific part of you.”- Alison Cook and Kimberly Miller Alison Cook and Kimberly […]


Leading your soul’s unruly parts with curiosity, compassion

By Dave Henning / August 29, 2018

“The goal is not to eradicate parts of your soul carrying anger, fear, sadness, envy, or shame, but to lead them with curiosity and compassion.”- Alison Cook and Kimberly Miller Alison Cook and Kimberly Miller conclude Chapter 3 of Boundaries for Your Soul as they stress the powerful faculty of the creative mind.  When the […]


You watch over me

By Dave Henning / February 6, 2017

“You watch over me in the darkest valleys/ You watch over me when the night seems long/ You help me to see the way before me/ You watch over me”- Aaron Shust “The LORD watches over you — the LORD is your shade at your right hand; the LORD will watch over your coming and […]


Incarnate the gospel

By Dave Henning / December 27, 2016

“It’s relatively easy to pontificate on how to live the gospel; it’s infinitely harder to incarnate the gospel in your life.”- Ann Voskamp “When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd.”- Mark 6:34 (ESV) As Ann Voskamp continues Chapter 17 […]


A brake to save us

By Dave Henning / December 25, 2016

“Sometimes what we think may break us is but a brake to save us.”- Ann Voskamp In Chapter 17 (“How to Find Heroes in a Suffering World”) of The Broken Way, Ann Voskamp observes that wounds that never heal = wounds mourned alone.  Furthermore, you tell yourself you’re ready for God to heal your wound […]

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